Brushes - replaced - tiny holding tab not holding

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Forum topic by Eastern posted 06-24-2014 11:16 PM 608 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2014 11:16 PM

Hi all,

I just replaced 2 brushes (per a video) and the tiny tab that holds the brush/spring in place doesn’t hold. The brush goes back in place just fine.

Can I just install it with out the tiny holding tab holding the brush?


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#1 posted 06-24-2014 11:43 PM

Are they paint brushes or wire brushes. It might matter.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 11:53 PM

Carbon brushes for a table saw.

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 12:17 AM

Brushes work by having that spring press the carbon against the motor. So you definitely need the part that holds the tab to be held at the right depth. I think the part with the tab is what completes the circuit so you really need that to have a solid connection too. It sounds like you got the wrong brushes or aren’t connecting the tab right. Pictures, brand/model number, etc might help.

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William Shelley

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#4 posted 06-25-2014 07:52 AM

I would consider upgrading away from a table saw with a brushed motor… That being said, Tim is correct on this.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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